The truth about torture.

Torture is Illegal.

Torture is a crime under both international and domestic law. There are no exceptions or justifications for the use of torture. It’s not allowed in a time of war, national emergency, or in the name of national security. Torture is explicitly banned, without exception, by the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and under U.S. law.

There is a long-standing bi-partisan opposition to torture in the United States.

Torture is Unwise.

It has been proven that torture is far more likely to produce ambiguous and false, rather than clear and reliable, information. A key finding of the Senate Intelligence Committee Study on the CIA Detention and Interrogation Program was that the CIA’s so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques were not effective.”

Moreover, there is absolutely no convincing evidence that torture protects us as a society or makes the American people safer. In fact the evidence indicates the opposite is far more likely. In resorting to torture of security suspects, the U.S. has strengthened the resolve of adversaries. It also alienates partners and puts the U.S. in the company of human rights violators whose actions we deplore and condemn.

Torture is Immoral.

Torture consists of acts that are intrinsically wrong due to their cruelty and abusiveness; it is an extreme exercise of power and control of one person over another. Whether psychological or physical, torture is a calculated and systematic dismantling of a person’s identity and humanity. Torture causes long term physical and psychological trauma. Torture creates such a climate of fear and insecurity that it fractures communities, silences dissent, and suppresses civic engagement.

The truth about refugees.

The Refugee Crisis is a Torture Crisis.

Global forced displacement is at a record high, with over 65 million people forcibly displaced from their homes, over 21 million of whom are refugees, having crossed an international border. CVT’s research shows that up to 44 percent of refugees in the United States are either direct survivors of torture or the children or spouses of torture survivors. Survivors need care and they need safety.

The Vetting Process for Refugees is Extremely Rigorous.

The resettlement process for refugees coming into the United States is so rigorous, it take years to complete. Refugees undergo vetting through the United Nations and multiple U.S. agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, the CIA and many others. Refugees undergo extreme vetting before they are ever allowed into the U.S.

Refugees are Fleeing War, Atrocities and Oppression.

For refugees facing political, religious and other forms of persecution, fleeing from their country is often a matter of basic survival, not a choice, and the U.S. asylum system can be a lifeline.